Canada-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Trade Agreement Negotiations

Background information

Discussions towards the negotiation of a possible Canada-CARICOM Trade Agreement were announced at the Canada-CARICOM Summit on January 19, 2001, in Jamaica. Following four rounds of exploratory discussions, the Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced, on July 19, 2007, the launch of negotiations towards a trade agreement between Canada and the Caribbean Community member countries. (See News Release: New initiatives aimed at strengthening Canada's historic relationships with members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)).

Canada and CARICOM have held six rounds of negotiations to date. The first and second rounds took place in Bridgetown, Barbados, in November 2009 and March 2010. A third round of negotiations was held in April 2011 in Ottawa. Negotiations continued with a fourth round held in Barbados in July 2012. A fifth round was held in Barbados the week of January 20, 2014. The sixth and latest round of negotiations included a week of discussions in Kingston, Jamaica from March 3, followed by a second week in Ottawa the week of March 31. Progress was made on market access for goods, cross border trade in services, investment, temporary entry, labour, rules of origin, information and communications technologies, customs procedures, competition, monopolies and state enterprises.

Canada is committed to negotiating a modern trade agreement with CARICOM that will take into account differing levels of development, vulnerabilities associated with island states, and trade-related capacity challenges. CARICOM’s Members are: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.